John R. Freeman Dead
Fire protection engineering has lost one of its most prominent men by the death of John R. Freeman who passed away at his home in Providence, R. I., on October 6 at the age of seventy-seven.
Although he was a prominent consulting engineer both in this country and abroad, he is best known in the fire field for his studies of flows of water through fire hose. These findings were published by the American Society of Civil Engineers, and later became the basis of the famous “Red Book,” of the National Board of Fire Underwriters which is used in fire engine testing, and the information has been reprinted in many books on fire protection.
Mr. Freeman specialized in fire protection engineering. In 1896 he became President of the Manufacturers, Rhode Island and Mechanics Mutual Fire Insurance Companies, soon afterwards he was placed in charge of fire protection and insurance interests of the State, Empire and American Companies. He is survived by his wife, five sons and a daughter.